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Professor Clare Grey discusses the Big Battery Challenge on BBC Radio 4

last modified Mar 16, 2018 12:40 PM

Prof Clare Grey developed a new way of looking inside solids (using nuclear magnetic resonance), her interest in batteries was sparked by a man from Duracell who asked her a question at an academic conference, and charged up by some electrochemists she met playing squash. For the last twenty years she has sought to understand the precise chemistry of the rechargeable lithium ion battery, and her insights have led to some significant improvements. In 2015 she built a working prototype of a new kind of battery for electric cars, the lithium air battery.

 

Prof Grey talks to Jim Al-Khalili about the years she has spent studying rechargeable batteries, seeking to understand, very precisely, the chemical reactions that take place inside them.

Click here for BBC Radio4 The Life Scientific interview.